Project Description

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Site: Barcelona
Use: Offices

Description

The building is situated in the lower part of a block where there is a large commercial center. One of the challenges of the project deals with how the building can be made visible from the main avenue of the area, La Meridiana.

Despite the large volume of the commercial center, it was decided to move the building sideways to the north so that it appears behind the El Corte Inglés department store. This sideways movement occurs in all the stories except the first three, which results in a large covered square hall that defines the entrance to the building and the end of a side passage that climbs from La Meridiana and goes round the north façade of the commercial center.

The building is made up of a large prismatic volume in the form of a screen orientated north-south of 63.6 x 22 x 70 meters in height. The sixteen stories and the projection of 15 meters on the north façade characterize the building. On the east and west façades, for reasons of sustainability, the proposal is to place some brise soleils of two stories in height. These devices have a specially designed section that enables a 45% saving in the heating and air-conditioning. At the south end of the site and as an independent building a compact volume appears, with a ground floor and three stories more, that contains a building dedicated to public facilities.

Corner view of the offices tower located in meridiana, designed by brullet de luna architecture company
Façade close-up of the façade in meridiana offices in barcelona

Sketch by manuel brullet of the meridiana tower volume in street level
Sketch of the sheltered entrance area to the office tower by manuel brullet tenas
Site plan of Meridiana Office Towers in Barcelona
Ground floor plan of Meridiana Office Towers in Barcelona by brulletdeluna architects
Offices floor floor plan of Meridiana Office Towers in Barcelona
Meridiana Office Tower Transversal Section
Meridiana Office Tower Longitudinal Section
Meridiana Office Tower façade metallic solar protection detail in plan and section
Meridiana Office Tower proposed volume from street by brullet de luna architecture firm
Map

Project Name: Meridien Offices Tower
Site: Av. Rio de Janeiro 56, Barcelona
Use: Offices
Project date: 2002
Construction start date: 2002
Construction end date: 2005
Property: Landscape Inversions S.L. Banc Sabadell
Land area: 5.524 m2
Floor area: 38.418 m2

Authors: Manuel Brullet i Tenas, Alfonso De Luna
Contributors: Clarissa Rosenow i Jaume Piñol
Facilities: PGI-GRUP Consultoria, Integral d´Enginyeria
Structure: Manuel Arguijo y Asociados
Photographer:Juny Brullet
Publications: world-architects.com (link)